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Galit Gutman apologized on air: "I didn't mean to blame an entire sector" - voila! culture

2023-05-25T11:22:07.200Z

Highlights: Host Galit Gutman apologized on the morning show hosted by her for saying that the ultra-Orthodox are "sucking our blood" "They took a spin on me here. I was talking about the politicians, not an entire sector," Gutman said. She was summoned for questioning at Keshet's offices, which strongly condemned her remarks, yet it was decided that the presenter would not be suspended or punished. The Second Authority opened an alleged infringement proceeding against Channel 12 last Friday.


Host Galit Gutman apologized on the morning show hosted by her for saying that the ultra-Orthodox are "sucking our blood." "They took a spin on me here. I was talking about the politicians, not an entire sector."


Galit Gutman apologizes on Keshet's morning show for remarks she made on a previous anti-Haredi program (Keshet 12)

TV presenter Galit Gutman apologized again on Thursday, this time on the morning show she hosts on Keshet 12, after she caused a storm last week following her on-air remarks that the ultra-Orthodox are "sucking our blood," referring to the protest demonstration in Bnei Brak over the Arnona Fund Law. Watch her apology - above.

As agreed with Keshet's management, Gutman told viewers that "following what I said and apologized immediately, but it is important for me to sit here in this chair where it was said. So first of all I apologize profusely for my speaking style, for the words I used. They made a round about me here because we sat and talked about the budget and the municipal tax fund, and I spoke from the blood of my heart about the future of the state and what is going on and what we leave here for our children. I talked about the politicians. I wasn't talking about an entire sector. I wouldn't even think of blaming an entire sector. And the saddest thing for me is that in this fire the country is already boiling, and there is a state within a state here, they call it, and a protest in the air, that I was the one who had the match in my hand and I managed so well to light it, and to light this story again and I apologize that people were hurt by me. It really doesn't come from a place like this, it comes from a very great love for the country, and the style has something to work on."

During a broadcast of the morning show, which she hosts alongside Yoav Limor, Gutman referred to the protest demonstration in Bnei Brak last week, saying: "How much burden can they put on a third of this country in order to hold all these haredim who suck our blood in the end?" Her remarks instantly caused a great storm, and many politicians attacked her with harsh and harsh words.

Her apology this morning was the first of her program but not the first at all. She already issued an apology a few days ago, saying: "I would like to apologize from the bottom of my heart if I offended an entire sector. I love the State of Israel, and out of concern for its future, I strongly criticize the representatives of the ultra-Orthodox sector in the Knesset. The remarks were made during a discussion on the government budget and the Arnona fund. But I have no intention of harming the entire sector. I apologize to everyone who was offended by this."

Galit Gutman (Screenshot, Keshet 12)

Last Friday, the Second Authority opened an alleged infringement proceeding against Channel 12. She was summoned for questioning at Keshet's offices, which strongly condemned her remarks, yet it was decided that the presenter would not be suspended or punished. Keshet said at the time: "In light of the severity of Galit Gutman's remarks on the morning show broadcast on Friday, an inquiry was conducted this morning at Keshet. During the investigation, it was made clear to Galit that statements of this kind are in no way acceptable in the broadcaster. Gutman, who has already apologized for the remarks, asked to do so on air and clarify the matter to the show's viewers as well. It was agreed that she would do so at the start of her next program on Thursday."

Gutman's statement led to a slew of condemnations. Leaders of the ultra-Orthodox sector attacked Gutman with harsh words and compared her words to dark periods in history. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: "I condemn Galit Gutman's ugly and inciting statement against the ultra-Orthodox public in Israel, which is reminiscent of dark statements directed against our people in the past. There is no place for this - all of Israel is brothers." Minister Miri Regev attacked: "Shame on you Galit Gutman. There is no place in the State of Israel for slanderous words and anti-Semitic statements that belong to the oppressors of our people. Apologise or quit. Stop incitement."

Other ministers and Knesset members attacked Galit Gutman's remarks, including left-wing politicians such as MK Ofer Kasif (Hadash), who said: "I have a difficult ideological argument with the ultra-Orthodox, but I refuse to hate them or be racist about them. Any hatred or racism is assigned out of revulsion and must be fought vigorously, whether against ultra-Orthodox, Mizrahim or Arabs. The time has come for all the victims of racism to unite in an all-out war against the racists instead of going against each other," most of the anger was directed at ultra-Orthodox politicians and public figures, who even made it clear that they would boycott Keshet 12 until "the despicable incitement is dealt with,"

in the words of the chairman of the Torah Judaism faction, MK Yitzhak Pindros. Minister Meir Frosh added: "I call on the leaders of the secular public, Gantz, Lapid, Michaeli and Lieberman, to stop the outbreak of incitement before it is too late."

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